Middle School Update. 02 December 2016

Hola queridos padres!

This week, the 7th grade class in Spanish started to write their greeting cards for their Spanish pen-pals with Karim.  The class connected with a school in Granada and each student has a Spanish pen-pal.  This week they started to prepare paper cards that will be taken over the break by one of our Spanish teachers to our friend school.

They also practiced their reading aloud and comprehension skills in their reading groups.  To finish the week, they had some group language games that help reinforce their skills.

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Meanwhile, 6th graders started their reading buddies activities with Patty and Miriam’s class. They all had a great time reading to each other and sharing common interests. As a sneak peak I’ll say that 6th graders are creating their own books to read to them next time! Stay tuned!

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As for our great cast of Midsummer Night’s Dream, here are some pics from behind the curtain. These kiddos are working really hard, as a team, and as a great family, so they deserve a HUGE AUDIENCE at our first ever 7th and 8th grade play!  Bring your family and friends, tell your neighbors, your butcher or baker! so the hard work of our young thespians is supported!  6:30, December 8th, UM Recital Hall!

If you need volunteer hours, stick around after the show to help take down the set and return set pieces to MIS.  Thanks!
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More exciting things coming up!:

  • Coffee Talk with JULIE!

Join Julie in the Board Room for a warm cup of coffee and a discussion about Responsive Classroom at MIS.

Wednesday, December 7:  9-10 am

Click here for more detailed information.

  • Informational meeting and kindergarten visit for current preschool parents.

Tuesday, December 6th from 9-10 am

  • Original Works Orders will be available for pick up at the office on MONDAY.
  • MIS SPIRIT GEAR order forms will be at the front office on Monday!Order ASAP to have your MIS gear for on time x-mas delivery. 
  • Need holiday gift ideas? Scholastic Books make the perfect present!! 

The fliers have been given to all students this week. 

DEADLINE TO ORDER:  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH.

Browse all of the catalogs online at www.scholastic.com/readingclubs.  Our school code is HKWNM.  You may order online, books will be shipped to the school at no charge.

  • Next week, plan to attend the 7/8th grade production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. It promises to be a phenomenal performance. 

The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall. Show begins at 6:30 PM. Click here for more information.

 

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Middle School Garage Sale

Saturday, December 10

Accepting donations NOW.

DROP OFF at our new location at 800 S. 3rd St. W. between now and Dec. 10:

 

Saturday, December 3rd: 9:00 – 11:00 

Monday December 5th 11:30 – 1:00

If the above times do not work for you, please contact Ben Super 

 to arrange 

your donation drop off. 

 

Are you able to help volunteer? 

Sign up below.

We thank you for your support!

 

More info… 

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Middle School Update 11/22

Wow, it is Thanksgiving time already. I hope everyone has a festive and safe holiday.

For this week’s blog, I would like to report that the 8th graders finished the week with a friendly but ultra competitive game that challenged their arithmetic skills as well as their ability to work together and write legibly and quickly! The 7th grade enjoyed a viewing of the oldie but goodie, “Donald In Mathemagic Land”.

Karim shared the following photos of the 7th graders with their reading buddies…

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And some things to look forward to:

7/8th grade Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall.
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM  Students designed the sets, made the costumes and composed the music for this engaging production. This event is suitable for all ages.
Event is free and open to the public, however, donations of $2 per person are suggested.
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Middle School Garage Sale
Saturday, December 10
Fall is a great time to clean out closets and get rid of the old in anticipation of the new!
Please consider donating your used clothing, dishes, and furniture for our 3rd annual MIDDLE SCHOOL GARAGE SALE!
Held at MIS’s NEW PROPERTY at 800 South Third St. W.
 Help fund the middle school trips to Mexico!
Accepting donations NOW.
We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with drop off times. Sign up below and check out the current times available to drop off your items.
We thank you for your support!

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SPIRIT WEEK AT MIS!

November 28th through December 2nd, 2016

To keep this spirit week enjoyable for everyone, let’s keep costumes non-violent and appropriate for all ages. Let’s have a great week together!

Monday (11/28) Your mission is for odd grades to wear  cool colors and even grades to wear warm colors . The IB connection is being balanced.

Tuesday (11/29) Your mission is to dress up as your favorite book/movie character. The IB connection is being knowledgeable.
Wednesday (11/30) Your mission is to dress up like a superhero or a personal hero (for example: Jane Goodall or Martin Luther King, Jr).  The IB connection is being a risk-taker.
Thursday (12/1) Your mission is to dress as crazy and as wild as possible. The IB connection is being open-minded.
Friday (12/2) Your mission is to wear your MIS swag!!! The connection is that MIS is an IB school!
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Upcoming Events
 
  • November 23rd, 24th or 25th – NO SCHOOL! Enjoy your time with family…
  • Monday, November 28 – NEW Enrichment classes begin: Join us for a 3 week “mini-session”! Check out the new classes here.
  • Wednesday, December 7 – 9:00 am – Coffee Talk with Julie: Join Julie in the Board Room for a warm cup of coffee and a discussion about Responsive Classroom at MIS.
  • Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM –  7/8th grade Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall.
  • Saturday, December 10th- Middle School garage Sale

Middle School Update, 11/17

The 7th and 8th graders are busy collaborating on their first, ever 7th and 8th grade play. This production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an extension of the study they did of the play during English class. While some students are busy memorizing lines as actors, others are composing and learning music while others work on sound and light cues. All middle school students are building the sets, constructing costumes and working on promotional materials for the show. This is truly an excellent collaboration!

Be sure to mark your calendars for December 8th. The play will begin at 6:30 in the UM Recital Hall on the University of Montana campus.

Seventh and eighth graders will plan to walk over to the theatre on Thursday, December 8th.  6th graders will join us there in the afternoon.  For that reason, we are asking that all students’ are picked up at the UM Recital Hall on Thursday, December 8th at 3:30.  The kiddos will be picked up at 3:30, hopefully eat a hearty snack, and then 7th and 8th graders return to the theatre by 5:00 to get in costumes for the production.  Please let Gillian know if you have questions about this.

I am still looking for volunteers to help strike the set after the production.  In addition, we will need help transporting sets and costumes back to school and washing costumes.  Again, let Gillian know if you’d like to help out in these areas.

We are all excited for this production!  Spread the word to friends and family, because we want a full house!

With gratitude for all you do to support these marvelous children, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Gillian

Middle School update 10 November 2016

Greeting Middle School Parents!

Exciting things are happening in Middle School Science:  6th graders are finishing up their formal lab reports, documenting their entire Laws of Motion experiment.  The kids are justifiably proud of these well-written reports – be sure to ask to see their “White glove” version of the final paper.

Do you remember Punnett squares from Biology class?  Your 7th and 8th grader can tell you all about how to use these charts. They have also been running an experiment involving growing Wisconsin Fast Plants, observing the inherited traits and, this week, pollinating them to produce hybrid offspring.  Soon we’ll be able to collect the seeds and grow the next generation to observe how these traits have been passed on.

Advisors are looking forward to chatting with you during conferences next week.  Please double check your scheduled conference time and let you advisor know if you have a conflict.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Jen and the Middle School Team

8th graders caring for their Fast Plants genetics experiement

8th graders caring for their Fast Plants

From 6th grade Humanities in Spanish:  Dioramas of Catal Huyuk

From 6th grade Humanities in Spanish: Dioramas of Catal Huyuk

 Important Parking Reminders for 
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Parents, we need all the parking we can get in front of the building in the mornings! Please help us by observing the following parking guidelines:
  • Please do not park in the drop off or quick stop area if you are attending a morning conference.
  • Please be thoughtful about visiting in the hallways after conferences if there is a morning conference in session.
  • Please be sure to let the before/after care people know if your child is there because of a conference.
  • There is no charge for children in before/after care if your child is there for a conference.
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Upcoming Events:
 
Fall is a great time to clean out closets and get rid of the old in anticipation of the new!
Donate your used clothing, dishes and furniture for our 3rd annual
MIDDLE SCHOOL GARAGE SALE!!!
Saturday, December 10th from 7:30-2:00. Early bird special!!!
at MIS’s NEW PROPERTY
800 South Third St. W.
Proceeds help fund the middle school trips to Mexico.
Looking for some volunteer hours? We need your help with the garage sale! If you are ready to drop items off now, please contact the office.
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Week of November 14 Parent Teacher Conferences; your child’s teacher will schedule a time for you to meet and discuss your child’s progress at school.
MondayNovember 28 – NEW enrichment classes begin. Join us for a 3 week “mini-session”! Check out the new classes here.
WednesdayDecember 7 – Coffee Talk with Julie. Join Julie in the Board Room for a warm cup of coffee and a discussion about Responsive Classroom at MIS.
Thursday, December 8 –  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall. Show begins at 6:30 PM.
 
*Monday-Friday, November 28-December 2- Spirit Week! Details to follow!

 

Middle School Blog Post 11/4/2016

The middle school enjoyed another wonderful Dia de los Mueratos celebration and I hope all the parents did as well. Loryn spent countless hours working with the middle school in preparation for our celebration. Many of our staff, student body and parents enjoyed Missoula’s Dia de los Muertos parade, which is one of the biggest such celebrations in the nation. Thank you Loryn and thank you parents for all your help and dedication.

The middle school boys played our first Copper League basketball game last night against Potomac. It was a great experience for the students and the attending parents. We have three games next week starting with at Bonner on Tuesday, at home against DeSmet on Wednesday, and then at Clinton on Thursday, which makes for a busy week of basketball. Please feel free to come out and support our team, all games this week will begin at 4:00 pm. If you need any information about the games or directions please contact me cbaker@mismt.org

Just a quick reminder to parents that the parent teacher conferences are quickly approaching. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place November 14-18. Your child(ren)’s advisory should have sent you a time and date for your conference(s), if they did not, please reach out to them and confirm a time if you could. You may also receive another email reconfirming your date/time just in case.

The 7th and 8th grade continue their tireless work on the middle school play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Students are working hard on set design, musical accompaniment, acting and directing. Expect more info about this as we get closer to opening night!!!

 

We have also made a few changes to the schedule to better serve our middle school enrichment.

Tweaks in the Middle School Specialist Schedule:

As the 7th and 8th grade play gets underway, we are temporarily shifting our specialist classes to a block system.  The kiddos will each receive six classes in a row of a certain subject, i.e. PE, Technology, Arts and Music.  Thank you to all of our specialist teachers for being so flexible with this!  This will give Gillian and Natalie more concentrated time to rehearse for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and let the 6th graders really dig into the  project for a concentrated amount of time.

 

Here’s a repost from last week’s blog of some important information you may not have caught last week.

 

MIS Garage Sale
to benefit the 8th grade cultural exchange trip to Mexico
At the new MIS building site,
on the corner of Walnut and 3rd
ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, December 10th
7:30am – 2:00pm
($5 Early Bird Fee: 7:30am – 8:00am)
Come for the deals, the bake sale, the live entertainment,
to learn more about the Mexico trip or just to say hello!
Donations:
We are looking for gently used clothes, toys,
furniture, kitchenware, sporting goods, etc!
Drop off times at Walnut and 3rd will be announced soon.
Smaller items may be dropped off at the MIS gym for now.
Volunteers:
Stay tuned…
Garage sale coordinators will be posting parent volunteer opportunities soon!
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And last, but not least, keep in mind these important dates:
Friday, November 11th – NO SCHOOL. Professional day for MIS teachers to prepare for conferences.
Week of November 14th – Parent Teacher Conferences
November 23, 24 and 25 – NO SCHOOL. Enjoy time with your families over the Thanksgiving break.
Wednesday, December 7th – Coffee Talk with Julie. Join Julie in the board room and discuss the Responsive Classroom over a warm cup of coffee.
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Hasta la semana que viene, have a wonderful weekend!

Middle School Update 10/28/16

Hola queridos padres de Middle School!

While October is coming to its end, the engines at MIS Middle School  are working at full steam!

6th graders in Spanish have done several poems and haikus for Day of the Dead, and in Humanities they are working hard on their Catal Huyuk dioram project, while in Science they’ve been able to launch  (after some rain delays) their rockets with Jen.

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6th grade launching rockets getting everything for the countdown!

In the meantime 7th and 8th graders are rehearsing non stop, so don’t forget to mark those calendars for the first ever 7th/8th grade play!: Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 at the UM Music Recital Hall.  This performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream involves all students in various ways and will be a creative, exciting moment for our kiddos!

Also, there’s a lot going on behind the curtains!  is around the corner,and so is the wonderful parade:

MIS celebrates the Day of the Dead on Wednesday, November 2nd.  In the afternoon, K-8 students will meet in their familias to listen to a story read by our librarian. Students will have the opportunity to participate in two mini workshops that may include dance, papel picado, animated skeletons, or other Day of the Dead activities.

At 3 pm the students will gather outside (weather permitting) to sing Tierra Mi Fuego led by our music teacher and middle school students.
Preschool students who are not resting will join the workshops with their classroom teacher.
The Day of the Dead celebration will begin at 1:45 pm and end at 3:15 pm.  Parents are welcome to join us!
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Come march with us! Join MIS at the Festival of the Dead Parade!

Meet us at the red XXX’s downtown at 6:10pm

Look for the skeletons and butterflies! The parade starts at 6:30 P.M.

K-5 Students must walk with an adult. This is an optional school event.

What to wear if marching with MIS? Please dress in monarch butterfly colors and patterns: black and white polka-dots, yellow dots, and/or orange and black stripes! Bring your wings from last year if you have them! Paint your face!

We need your help transporting items to the parade, face painting and more! Please sign up here.
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Talking about hard workers! Don’t forget about this:
MIS Garage Sale
to benefit the 8th grade cultural exchange trip to Mexico
At the new MIS building site,
on the corner of Walnut and 3rd

ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, December 10th
7:30am – 2:00pm
($5 Early Bird Fee: 7:30am – 8:00am)
Come for the deals, the bake sale, the live entertainment,
to learn more about the Mexico trip or just to say hello!

Donations:
We are looking for gently used clothes, toys,
furniture, kitchenware, sporting goods, etc!
Drop off times at Walnut and 3rd will be announced soon.
Smaller items may be dropped off at the MIS gym for now.

Volunteers:
Stay tuned…
Garage sale coordinators will be posting parent volunteer opportunities soon!
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And last, but not least, keep in mind these important dates:
Friday, November 11th – NO SCHOOL. Professional day for MIS teachers to prepare for conferences.
Week of November 14th – Parent Teacher Conferences 
November 23, 24 and 25 – NO SCHOOL. Enjoy time with your families over the Thanksgiving break.
Wednesday, December 7th – Coffee Talk with Julie. Join Julie in the board room and discuss the Responsive Classroom over a warm cup of coffee. 
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Hasta la semana que viene, have a wonderful weekend!

Middle School Update 19 October 2016

Hello again from 7th and 8th grade math,

The 7th graders have just completed the second chapter of their text, solidifying their knowledge of arithmetic with integers (positive and negative whole numbers). We are halfway through The Number Devil and Robert and his devilish friend have touched on topics ranging from triangular and square numbers to infinity and beyond:)

The 8th graders are cruising along with their study of Algebra. Several of them have chosen to pursue the Independent Study option and are demonstrating their ability to work and learn together. The regular students are finding that the smaller group requires more from each of them. They, too, are meeting that challenge well.

The whole group is involved in the Mathematician Biography project and we just had our first two presentations last Friday featuring Carl Friedrich Gauss and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In addition, with the upcoming election looming large, we spent a class period endeavoring to understand the math behind the electoral college.

Finally, here is some information about the Original Works program:

The Original Works program is currently running at the school until October 28th, 2016.

The Original Works program provides each student the opportunity to have the artwork they have created in class, reproduced onto products such as magnets, tiles, note cards, mugs, mouse pads and many other items. This is a great way for you to share your child’s artwork with family and friends.

Now is the time to place your order. If you are interested in ordering, please bring your completed order form and payment to school no later than October 28th, 2016.

If you have questions please email Maureen Bjerke for additional assistance at mbjerke@mismt.org.

You can go to their website (originalworks.com) for more information on the program.

Have a great long weekend,

Linda

Middle School Update 7 October 2016

Greeting Middle School Parents!

What a wonderful day we had with all our “Grand Visitors” today and we look forward to a fun evening in the ball park tonight at the Fall Family Fiesta. Be sure to bring your warm layers!

It’s hard to imagine in this cool autumn week, but we are already looking forward to the Middle School Spring Trips:

6th and 7th graders:

After a wildly successful spring trip to Glacier National Park last year, we will be returning again to the spectacular Crown of the Continent ecosystem this April!  From Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28, 2017, the Middle School teachers will be taking the 6th and 7th grade students to the Glacier Institute’s Discovery School. 

The total cost for the 2017 6th and 7th grade spring trip is $465 which includes tuition, room and board, as well as transportation to and from Discovery School. Financial aid is available and must be applied for. The application is available from Gary Cram in the MIS Business Office and must be returned to the office by November 11th.  Deadline for full payment is February 24, 2017.

To learn more about the Discovery School program, please visit http://www.glacierinstitute.org/Discovery-School_W4407.cfm

8th graders:

The 2016-17 capstone trip to Mexico is set for April 21 – 28, 2017!  We will have an informational meeting for parents and students this coming Wednesday, October 12th at 8:00-8:30am in Room 8.

 

See you tonight at the Fall Family Fiesta!

Osprey Stadium

Doors open at 5:00

Student performances begin at 6:30

Live auction at 7:00

Middle School Update 9/29/2016

Hello Middle School Families,
          As the journey through the new school year offers new adventures, students also find comfort in a consistent schedule and safe, open-minded learning environments. In PE, students are working in small groups to create a team game. We just began to compare and contrast team games played throughout the world. Students used this process to generate groupings based on similar interests around specific elements of games. Some groups focused on combining aspects of traditional team sports such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse and football. While other groups are working on a real world version of Quidditch, from Harry Potter. Their creativity is really showing in this project.
           During the more active portions of class we tried to take advantage of this beautiful weather while playing some of the games we discussed. The next step will be refining their games as well as peer reviews. When they feel they are ready they take turns playing each other’s games.
          The first MIS soccer season is coming to a close, and I want to extend a thank you to all the parents that helped with the carpool, as well as all the parents and students who showed up to the games to cheer for our team. I also want to thank Erik Snyder for helping me keep my head above water coaching the team, thank you. Our final two games are the 11th and 12th of October against Lolo and Target Range. More details about those dates to come.
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If you happened to miss it, MIS unveiled a logo last night at the parent meeting; stickers, hoodies, and other apparel now available.

 

Also, do not forget about G Day and the Fall Family Fiesta, October 7th. RSVP yourself and family, for the Fall Family Fiesta and G Day. Come out in support of MIS, get treated to dinner and have some fun getting to know MIS families.

 

8th Grade Parents, just a reminder to turn in field trip permission slips to Gillian tomorrow, please. Any questions contact Gillian via email.

 

A note from Jen regarding MathCounts:

 

How gratifying to see 35+ young mathematicians staying after school every Friday, cheerfully working on really challenging math problems!  :)  They are such an enthusiastic group!
For those of you who are interested in continuing with the MathCounts program through the year, now’s the time to sign up. Beginning with the October 14th session, there is a small fee for this after school program.  If you have already paid this fee, thanks so much!  If not, please contact the office to make your payment.

Please note:  There will be no MathCounts session on October 7th – instead we hope to see you all at the Fall Family Fiesta.   We’ll resume MathCounts on October 14th.  Thanks, everyone, for making this possible for your kiddoes – remember, you are always welcome to stop by and watch the kids in action.

Middle School Update 9/16

7th and 8th grade math are off to a strong start. Each student wrote a first math memory and a goal for math class this year. Both classes are into the first chapter of their textbooks.

Soon, the 8th graders will be choosing a mathematician to write about and share with the class. The 7th graders will start reading The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensburger on Fridays, beginning next week.

For your information, the students will have math homework Monday through Wednesday most weeks. Assignments should take no more than 30 minutes but ideally should be more like 20 minutes. I have asked the students to let me know if they are getting them done in the time frame but parents can also feel free to inform me if you find your child regularly needing more than 30 minutes to do the homework.

Finally, here are a couple of photos of 8th graders working on cells in Science class.

exploring-cells modeling-cells

Cheers,

Linda Gazzola